Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2013 an estimated 198 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 500,000 people died, mostly children in the African Region.

Where did the disease originate and how?

Most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria. Malaria mortality rates among children in Africa have been reduced by an estimated 58% since 2000.Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites. The parasites are spread to people through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes, called "malaria vectors", which bite mainly between dusk and dawn.

How did it spread?

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

What does this say about the country?

Africa and countries that malaria occur in have mosquitoes.

How could a major outbreak of this disease (an epidemic or pandemic) could affect a countries government?

It would kill many people and it would spread and if they could not kill it in time it would kill them.

How could a major outbreak of this disease (an epidemic or pandemic) could affect a countries economy?

If it killed government leaders they would not have any one to control government or economy and banks and jobs would close if it got very bad.

Disease: a disorder or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body;
disease can result from genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency
or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; an abnormal condition
• Germ: a microorganism that causes disease
• Infect: affect, contaminate, or taint
• Infectious: tending to spread from one to another
• Organism: a living being, a form of life considered an entity
• Symptom: a sign or indication of something
• Transmit: to send, spread, or pass on

• Transmission: the act or process of spreading

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